This year’s Survivor Series is a special one. You’d have to go back 25 years to 1990, on the night of Thanksgiving, to find the WWF (now WWE) debut of a then 25-year-old Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker.
“The Dead Man” has been extremely active in 2015 leading up this landmark event which will see him team up with his younger brother, The Demon Kane, to take on Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a tag team match on a card that will crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Below, I’ll give you my picks for the 29th incarnation of the WWE’s fall classic. If you agree with my pick – that’s fine. If you disagree – that’s even better – please share your thoughts in the comments section below.
WWE is missing a major opportunity if they don’t accept the obvious – Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze need to engage in a Zoolanderesque walk off challenge. Should it happen at Survivor Series? Of course not. Should it happen to help promote the upcoming February release of the highly anticipated sequel to the really, really ridiculously good looking 2001 hit comedy starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson – obviously.
As far as this particular match goes, Ziggler will do the right thing and put Breeze over for the time being. Breeze will emerge victorious in his WWE PPV debut with a little help from Summer Rae to help extend a feud that deserves to be at the top of the card.
The 16-man tournament that began in Manchester earlier this month to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight champion is now down to four. My job is to predict the following two matches and make it an interesting read for whomever finds their way on this .com address. When it comes to Roman Reigns versus anyone in this tournament on the way to the finals I simply cannot lie to you guys and try to break things down. Del Rio will make it fun because he’s a damn good wrestler. In the end it’ll be Roman hitting his spear after escaping a cross armbreaker to gain entry into the finals.
We all know Reigns will beat Del Rio. While we could easily say Ambrose versus Reigns is the obvious pick for the finals – it’s just not that easy to count out Kevin Owens.
With Seth Rollins out of the picture and Rusev being on the wrong end of WWE creative hell, Kevin Owens has cemented himself as the #1 heel in the company. Make no mistake about it, Owens is a prize fighter that will do anything to get the victory. If any of the final four men in this tournament were to become the next golden boy of The Authority it’d be KO. That said, I have to keep it safer than Charlie Sheen in a lambskin condom and give the edge to Ambrose.
Cena is away filming a reality show. Orton hurt himself taking out the garbage. Rollins won’t be back until late 2016 due to a nasty knee injury. It’s time to let the “Lunatic” loose. Ambrose has more to offer than anyone else on the roster as a top company heel and there’s no better time to let him take the ball and run with it than now. He’ll have the fans behind him when he takes on Owens. It’s up to him to make them turn against him when he faces his “brother” in he finals.
This one is tough. The Undertaker and Kane will take on Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman of “The Wyatt Family” in a tag team match that may or may not hold heavy implications heading in WrestleMania 32.
Being that this is the 25th anniversary of The Undertaker’s company debut, The Brothers of Destruction are the clear favorites here. That said, Bray Wyatt has been the one doing all of the work here. He did all of the work heading into his WrestleMania 31 match with Taker and he’s doing all of the work heading into this weekend. It’s time to reward Wyatt and let Taker get his revenge next April in Texas.
The stagnancy of the “Divas Revolution” came to a screeching halt this past Monday when Paige decided to get personal with current Divas champion Charlotte.
In a contract signing promo that would close out the show in Greenville, South Carolina – Paige would do the unthinkable.
Charlotte’s brother, Reid Flair, passed away from a drug overdose back in March of 2013. Paige bringing up Charlotte’s later brother and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair’s son in an angle to help promote this Divas championship match was apparently not something that WWE took lightly. Here’s a statement that WWE released in regards to this current storyline:
“Subject matter this personal is only approved as a result of the strong advocacy of the talent themselves. Notwithstanding that, WWE is ultimately responsible for what airs in its programming.”
This all leads to Charlotte retaining and becoming a sympathetic figure which works right now. I’m just not seeing the big picture here. Hopefully we’ll be given something worthwhile beyond what should be an emotional title bout in Atlanta, Georgia on a Sunday night.
5 on 5 Traditional Survivor Series Match
As of this writing we have no idea who will participate in this years 5 on 5 traditional Survivor Series match. If you’re asking me to predict the participants I’d have to go with The New Day and two other dudes taking on the Usos and three other dudes. And as long as Xavier Woods has his trombone – there’s no reason why his squadron shouldn’t emerge victorious. That said, I’d be ok with WWE doing away with the 5 on 5 traditional match moving forward.
It was easy to look at the bracket when it first dropped and predict a Reigns vs. Ambrose final. It’s not so easy to predict a winner. I cannot even fathom this match. I love it. It’s what we all saw coming and that doesn’t make it any less awesome. They’ll go into the match as brothers and come out as enemies? But who will turn? Will Roman finally join The Authority? Or will Ambrose just become completely unhinged?
Business certainly is business. And what’s best for business right now is for Dean Ambrose to become a mega champion heel while Roman Reigns chases him right into 2016.
all images via WWE – Ambrose/Reigns image via Getty
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